Announce your language passion with a Geoglot t-shirt!

We are very excited to announce the release of two rather different products from our usual line: Geoglot language t-shirts!

Wear your language geekness proudly on your chest with a choice of two different designs:

You can snap up both t-shirt designs from Amazon.com right now. They cost $16.99 each (US store only but international shipping available).

Happy learning – and enjoy telling others about it through your choice of attire! ūüôā

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Geoglot logo t-shirt

Geoglot language geek t-shirt

Geoglot language geek t-shirt

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Romanian Verb Blitz now available on iOS!

Hot on the heels of its Android cousin, Romanian Verb Blitz for iOS is now available on the App Store! iPhone and iPad users can now learn, drill and consolidate over a hundred Romanian verbs on their devices.

The language is a typical member of the Romance family – full of tricky conjugations and oodles of endings. Verb Blitz takes some of the pressure off by providing a handy reference, as well as a suite of drill tools.

The verbs selected are amongst the most common words in Romanian. That makes the app a fantastic vocabulary expander for beginners, as well as the perfect grammar self-tester.

Gameify your Romanian

All the familiar Verb Blitz games are included:

  • Infinitive quiz (drill those meanings)
  • Conjugation quiz (get those endings under your belt)
  • Snap (hone your translation skills)
  • Gapfill (master those spellings)

What’s more, the app keeps track of your performance on each verb, so you can check your progress at any time. You might be surprised at the verbs you’re finding easiest / trickiest!

As little – or as much – as you like!

You can choose which tenses to drill in the app settings. Just beginning in the language? Try just the present tense for now. A dab hand? Test your mastery by selecting all tenses to test in the drill games.

Whatever your level, we hope there are plenty of linguistic goodies in the app for you. Check out our full range of iOS apps here for more language tools for your Apple device!

Romanian Verb Blitz for iOS is available for free in the App Store now!

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Romanian verbs? No problem with our new Android app!

Romanian learners can now hop on the Geoglot verb drill train, with our brand new release of Romanian Verb Blitz for Android!

It’s always an exciting moment when we release a new language at Geoglot. Romanian has been a particularly interesting one, especially for those of us who speak other romance languages. To those familiar with Italian, Portuguese, French or Spanish, Romanian will seem strangely familiar. It developed from the Latin spoken by Roman settlers in Dacia – roughly modern-day Romania and Moldova – and has been influenced by its surrounding non-romance languages too.

For learner of this fascinating language, Romanian Verb Blitz is both a handy reference and grammatical drill tool. With over 100 conjugations, there’s lots of opportunity to practise those tricky endings (typical for a romance language!).

Romanian vocabulary boosting

Not only that, but it’s also a great way to expand your everyday vocabulary. The verbs included represent some of the most commonly used words in Romanian, so you’ll boost your word power as well as your grammar.

All the familiar Verb Blitz drill games are there:

  • Infinitive quiz – drill those meanings
  • Conjugation quiz – test yourself on verb endings
  • Snap – translation practice
  • Gapfill – great for spelling / literacy skills

As little – or as much – as you like

You can select which tenses to play the games with – ideal for focusing on what you are currently learning. Only covered the present so far? Then just select that one in the settings. Want a fiendishly tricky test to test your language skills? Then select all of them!

What’s more, the app will track all the verbs that you have found trickiest across the games. You can review these at any time in the ‘Performance‘ section, and target them for more practice.

As always, Verb Blitz for Android remains a free download, supported by discreet in-app ads – but never in the activities themselves.

Download Romanian Verb Blitz for Android from the Google Play Store at this link!

Also, check out our other Android apps here. We love languages and we’re always adding new ones to the catalogue!

Happy learning!

 

 

Scandinavian languages are hands down the easiest for verbs!

Scandinavian verbs: Now listen and learn on iOS!

Our new trio of Scandinavian Verb Blitz apps for iOS was treated to a major update today. You can now click verb tables to listen to the verb phrases spoken!

Danish, Norwegian and Swedish Verb Blitz for iOS use Apple’s text-to-speech technology to deliver the same experience as users¬†have done in our Android apps. The audio element turns¬†the verb tables into a much more interactive experience that engages students’ listening skills.

Look, listen and learn

When browsing the verb tables in any of the apps, simply tap on a target language phrase to listen to¬†the spoken form. It’s a great way to engage both visual and auditory learning styles. And doing so may¬†mean those verbs stick even faster.

You can download the apps free from the App Store via the following links:

 

 

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Danish Verb Blitz now on iOS: Dansk practice for Apple users!

Another Scandinavian language joins our growing range of iOS grammar drill apps with the release of Danish Verb Blitz for iOS this week.

With well over 100 verbs to learn, review and drill, it’s a great way to hone your language¬†skills. The featured verbs are also amongst the commonest words in¬†the language. That makes the app is¬†a great tool¬†for expanding your vocabulary, too.

Danish drill

The core of the app is its verb reference engine, with a searchable list of verbs with full conjugations. But the app tackles both meaning and conjugation, with the familiar set of games:

  • Infinitive quiz / grid quiz
  • Conjugation quiz
  • Gapfill quiz

Gapfill is one of our favourites, as it really tests your knowledge of written forms Рmaster those spellings!

As well as the activities, there’s a handy tracking system. Using a simple score tracker through the games, you can check at any point which verbs you’ve found trickiest.

Scandinavian trio

Our new¬†dansk addition completes a trio of new apps on the App Store, representing¬†three mainland Scandinavian languages. If you’re a fan of them all, check out Norwegian (Bokm√•l) Verb Blitz and Swedish Verb Blitz for iOS, too.

Not using an Apple device? All the languages are also available in our Android collection, too. Our full Android catalogue can be found here.

Danish Verb Blitz for iOS is available for free from the App Store now!

Scandinavian languages are hands down the easiest for verbs!

Easiest languages – from a Verb Blitz point of view!

As language nuts, we often get asked by tentative, wannabe linguaphiles: which is the easiest language to learn?

Well, we’re well-equipped to answer that.¬† That is, at least from the perspective of experts on one part of speech: the verb. We’ve worked tirelessly on verb drill apps for some time now. We love verbs.¬†And it’s given us the kind of overview that language geeks like us crave.

Scandinavia has it! 🇩🇰🇳🇴🇸🇪

The verdict: the Scandinavian trio РDanish, Norwegian and Swedish Рare by far the easiest languages to learn from a verbs point of view.

Why is this, you ask? Well, unusually for most European languages, verbs don’t change for person. That’s right – they’re the same all the way through I, you, he/she it, to we, you (plural) and they.

Times change…

It hasn’t always been that way. Their common parent¬†language is Old Norse, which was chock-full of endings.¬†It had¬†a complex system of verb groups and endings for person, as well as tense and mood. In fact, modern Icelandic still has all those characteristic endings of Old Norse, while mainland Scandinavia has simplified them all away. And they¬†really have¬†simplified them to the max – even the verb ‘to be’, notoriously tricky across many languages, has just a single form per tense. Compare them in this table:

🇩🇰 🇳🇴 🇸🇪 🇬🇧🇺🇸🇦🇺🇳🇿
jeg er jeg er jag är I am
du er du er du är you are
han/hun/det er han/hun/det er han/hon/det är he/she/it is
vi er vi er vi är we are
I er dere er ni är you (plural) are
de er de er de är they are

English – usually the ‘easy grammar’ candidate – is left in the dust by the Scandies here!

Some caveats…

It’s not¬†all plain sailing (is anything?). Like its Germanic cousins English, Dutch and German, the Scandinavian languages have a clutch of ‘strong’ verbs. These display patterns of¬†ablaut (stem vowel change), often to indicate tense. Think of the English:

  • break – broke – broken

The past and past participle aren’t formed with the usual, regular -ed ending. Instead, the change of vowel tells us that they’re past tense forms. Likewise, in Norwegian, the same occurs:

  • brekke – brakk – brukket

However, if your native language is English, Dutch or German, you’ll be used to this system instinctually. Another reason the Scandinavian languages are easiest for verbs!

Complex can be good!

Also, let’s not discount the wonderful challenge – and logical beauty – of complex, highly inflected verb systems. There’s something¬†deeply satisfying about getting all those Spanish / French / Polish / Hungarian endings right. Sometimes, easiest¬†doesn’t mean more fulfilling!

Still, simplified verb systems are something that continue to make Danish, Norwegian and Swedish¬†very attractive propositions for language learners. And of course, they have their own quirks and foibles in other parts of speech, just to ensure there’s still some level of challenge! 😁

Have a look for yourself! Try Geoglot’s free Verb Blitz apps for the Scandi¬†languages:

Danish Verb Blitz for Android

Norwegian Verb Blitz for Android
Norwegian Verb Blitz for iOS

Swedish Verb Blitz for Android

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Hungarian Verb Blitz released!

It’s always an exciting moment when we add a new language to the Verb Blitz range. This time,¬†magyar¬†[ňąm…í…ü…ír] gets some attention with our release of Hungarian Verb Blitz for Android!

Every language has its interesting and different features, and Hungarian is no exception. What is particularly special about Hungarian is that transitive verbs have two forms: indefinite and definite. This means that the verb codes for whether its object has indefinite (like ‘a’) or definite (like ‘the’) status. You can read more about Hungarian indefinite and definite status in¬†this very helpful Wikipedia article.

Note that when playing the games, you can use the settings to exclude definite forms, and just focus on the indefinite ones if you prefer. Likewise, you can turn on and off several of the tenses in the games if you prefer to focus on just the basic ones.

Otherwise, Hungarian verbs display a regularity that is rare in some of the more mainstream languages taught in schools and colleges. There are just a handful of very irregular verb paradigms, and once you have learnt the quirks of the language (such as vowel harmony), verb conjugation is not as hard as it first seems.

Click here to download Hungarian Verb Blitz for Android from the Google Play Store!

Hungarian Verb Blitz

Hungarian Verb Blitz

Icelandic holiday verbs : free worksheet

Learning Icelandic? Want to talk about your holidays past, present and future?

Our Nordic learning team has just put together this free worksheet to help you do just that! The worksheet features¬†ten verb phrases to cover fun stuff you do on holiday. It’s completely in Icelandic, with spaces for you to write translations. And all¬†ten verbs are presented in present, past and future examples, to really¬†stretch your tense usage.

For talking about future plans, the team made¬†use of the¬†supremely useful Icelandic word √¶tla. While not strictly the grammatical¬†future tense in Icelandic (this is formed with¬†munu¬†instead), it is a hugely useful little word for speaking about future intentions, covering the sense of¬†‘to intend to …‘ or ‘to be planning to …’ in English.

Click here to download “On Holiday” in Icelandic [PDF]

Happy learning, and please leave any feedback or suggestions for future worksheets in the comments!

Norwegian holiday verbs: free worksheet

Keen to share what they’ve been learning with the rest of the language learning community, the Geoglot team has been busy creating resources full of useful content¬†for hacking your speaking skills.

In the first of a planned series of free downloadable materials, you can get some conversation Norwegian under your belt with this worksheet, focussing on ten useful verbs for talking about holidays in the present, past and future tenses.

Click here to download “Norwegian: Holiday Verbs” in Bokm√•l [PDF]

Enjoy, and leave any feedback and future resource requests in the comments!